St. Helena Parish Receives Grant for Confronting Childhood Obesity

1/22/2011 4:26:30 AM

The LSU/SU AgCenter in St. Helena Parish has been awarded the Confronting Childhood Obesity grant. This grant from the Louisiana 4-H Foundation mini-grant program is designed to provide resources and opportunities for community partners as they work to develop and implement programs aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

The program objectives through this grant are to increase:

  • Youth, adult and community partnerships utilizing positive youth development practices in addressing health issues, in particular, childhood obesity.
  • The number of youth/adults reached through learning experiences addressing childhood obesity.
  • Awareness of personal behaviors relative to obesity in youth/adults.

This grant will be incorporated throughout St. Helena Parish through the collaboration of community partners, including the St. Helena Parish school system, police jury, sheriff’s department, Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, the Council on Aging and nursing home.

Healthy Living Week, Multicultural Food Week and a Health Fair are types of programs anticipated in this grant. Schools will incorporate the grant into health classes in which students are taught to practice a healthy lifestyle.

The LSU/SU AgCenter staff look forward to partnering with the community in helping to reduce childhood obesity and live better, healthier lifestyles.



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